The Ruby’s House Project has an 88% success rate reuniting families.

Vulnerable Youth Project


Ruby’s House is a Circut Breaker for our vulnerable youth. It is not a refuge, nor a drop-off point for kids already on the street.

To enter the Ruby’s program, families and their children must all be involved and committed to finding a resolution.


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The Challenge

Every family is dysfunctional at some level. The demands of modern life affect even the strongest of us. Unfortunately, this often happens when our children go through puberty and the impact on the kids can be catastrophic.

Some families manage to make it through life’s obstacles with more success than others. Sadly, there are many that, even with the best of intentions, end in a family breakdown or worse.

Sadly, 1 in 6 young 10 to 17-year-olds flee their families and become homeless, putting them in a dangerous situation of exploitation, drugs, alcohol and extreme loneliness.

A percentage of these young people will disappear and shockingly, some will take their own lives. Sadly, 402 Australians aged 15-24 died by suicide in 2021.

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How Does The Ruby’s Model Work?

Ruby’s is a free service for participants and their families that provides young people aged 10-to-17 years with a dedicated home environment, while also working with the parents to reunite the family through the ongoing support of social workers and allied health professionals.

88% Success Rate

Young people can say for up to three nights a week, then return to their own homes for four nights.

This pattern continues for up to six months. Throughout this period, social workers and allied professionals work with the families and these young people to reconcile their issues.

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Suicides of 15-24 year olds in Australia in 2021

Cost to the Participants


Ruby's House Reuniting Families Success Rate

"It has been a very difficult time but we have at last got our daughter back thanks to Ruby's House"


Mother of 3 (ACT)

"I don't know what we would have done if it wasn't for the Rotary Ruby's House intervention. It has been wonderful"


Family of  four (ACT)

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New South Wales Vulnerable Youth Program Update

Chair David Marshall has met with the Secretary of the NSW Department of Communities and Justice earlier this year to brief him on the success of the Vulnerable Youth Project and Ruby’s homes in South Australia and Canberra.The Chair also spoke to the now NSW Minister...

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Great Day at the Aussie Peace Walk

Great Day at the Aussie Peace Walk

On March 26, the Rotary Club of Canberra was involved in the Aussie Peace Walk, manning a checkpoint for the Vulnerable Youth project.Through their involvement, they raised another $2,450 for the Vulnerable Youth Project, thanks in part to the page created on the...

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